Category Archives: Ponderings

Essays of a more serious nature, perhaps bordering on introspective. Comments more than welcome to build discussion.

Tomorrow’s Specials

Farewell, farewell to another year. Endings for some, beginnings for others. A new number to forget every time we write the date (it almost looks like a 5 if you give it a little hat and a tail…) What bits … Continue reading

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Single, Not Alone

The other day I was at a café with one of my good friends (the best kind of café: round 1 after-dinner cappuccino, round 2 locally brewed IPA or wheat beer). We were talking through some of the issues she’s … Continue reading

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Queen of Isolation

I have a problem and its name is loneliness. It’s a disease that I suffer from. That’s the only way to describe it, because I do have friends, and I do socialise. But somehow I always end up feeling alone, … Continue reading

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Gym ≠ Gymboree… or does it? An expat’s reflection on Chinese parenting

Something that’s really been getting under my skin lately is how children are allowed to run rampant in my gym. I’m in a bit of a conundrum because I feel that I am powerless to complain about it. This type … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as goodbyes anymore

Here we are again. Leaving one place, starting fresh in another. I wish I could say that I’ve developed a habit, a coping mechanism for dealing with uprooting myself in this way, but I really haven’t. Each one is different, … Continue reading

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Things on my mind

Things are all that is on my mind lately. My things. All of my things. Things that belong to me, belong to me because I bought them, or they were given to me, and have followed me like puppies, like … Continue reading

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Familiarity

The other day I discovered the joy of returning somewhere familiar. For me, one who is constantly hell-bent on the discovery of new and interesting things, it was a mild shock to feel happy in a place that I had … Continue reading

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